How the Mediterranean Diet Boosts Your Oral Health

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Ashley Miller
How the Mediterranean Diet Boosts Your Oral HealthThe Mediterranean diet is loaded with fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, whole grains, fish, and olive oil. All of these elements are great for the health of the body, but can also keep the mouth and teeth healthy as well. The diet also promotes a lifestyle with lower sugar and food created with preservatives, which can also benefit the mouth and teeth.

The Effect of the Diet on the Mouth

Fish, especially cold water fish, is known to reduce inflammation. Inflammation in the gums can lead to periodontitis, therefor cold water fish may reduce the risk of getting the disease. Fish also is loaded with Vitamin D, which is needed to absorb calcium and keep teeth strong. Nuts and legumes also have many nutrients that are good for the teeth, including protein, calcium, Vitamin D, folic acid, iron, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Another big part of the Mediterranean diet is cooking with olive oil rather than with other types of oils. This type of oil helps prevent the same bacteria that can lead to teeth decay, creating cavities and gum disease. Another benefit of olive oil is that it leaves a film of fat molecules on the teeth. This prevents the formation of plaque on the teeth. The Mediterranean diet is also about what you do not eat. This diet promotes unprocessed food, which can lead to cancer of the mouth. The diet also helps you limit sugar intake, which decreases the risk for tooth decay and other dental issues.

The Mediterranean diet is meant to be a natural lifestyle that leads to optimal body health, but also has great benefits for the teeth and the mouth. The mouth is the gateway to digestion, and almost everything that benefits and harms are body has to go through it. This diet limits the harmful bacteria entering the body through the mouth. If you have questions about how your diet is affecting your teeth, please call our office and we will be glad to help.

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